Boots on the ground, now dog fights with Russian jets?

We have always been at war with Eastasia

We have always been at war with Eastasia

Obama shipping fighter jets to Turkey 

The Obama administration is sending a group of fighter planes to Turkey equipped with air-to-air missiles, raising concerns that the jets are really intended to battle Russian planes.

The Pentagon plans to ship up to a dozen Boeing F-15C Eagle twin-engine planes to a base in Incirlik which the Turkish government has allowed the U.S. to use in its effort against the Islamic State.

The base is near the country’s border with Syria.

But since the F-15C has no air-to-ground capability, their real mission may be to protect other U.S. warplanes from those of Russia or Syria, according to The Daily Beast.

The Pentagon announced the shipment late last week, and a Defense Department spokeswoman told The Daily Beast the planes are intended to ‘ensure the safety’ of America’s NATO allies.

The spokeswoman, Laura Seal, added, ‘I didn’t say it wasn’t about Russia.’

The trouble with a weak, ineffectual foreign policy is that it invites trouble, and its practitioner ends up reacting to, rather than controlling events. It’s been the hallmark of this administration.


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5 responses to “Boots on the ground, now dog fights with Russian jets?

  1. Anonymous

    Can’t wait for Donald Trump or Marco Rubio to put Putin in his place, once they learn not to be scared of incompetent left wing debate moderators.

    • Oh that’s right, the “if you can’t stand up to left wing moderators, you can’t stand up to the Russians” is the latest Democrat meme, first uttered just yesterday by Obama’s handlers.. The ridiculous part of your “point” is that Cruz et als did stand up to the debate moderators, and tell them to fuck off, while Obama has cowered under the bed since Vladimir first stripped his shirt and flexed his pecs.

      Don’t you people ever get tired of echoing the talking points that your masters in Washington issue to the troops? Do you really lack the intellectual stamina to come up with an original thought?

      • Anonymous

        One, I am a registered Republican. Two, although I was making a joke I believe most of the GOP candidates are shameful and if they are afraid of Becky Quick they are not likely to do well against Putin. Three, I know you are media savvy, heck you have a great blog, but if you follow Twitter and other forms of media you will know this is not a democratic meme that was first uttered yesterday, many many people of all political sides were making fun of the candidates in real time during the debate and shortly after. I think you pointed to a comment that day about our circus and our monkeys. Last, I did not say and do not believe that Obama has done a good job.

        Republicans need thicker skin or we will end out behaving like Democrats.

        • My apologies – I figured you for another Dollar Bill, and pulled both triggers without knowing you. But I do think that calling the media on its bias was one of the best things to come out of one of these debates in decades. In fact, I can’t remember anything else good from all those debates.

          Still, a moderate response to your comment would have been proper and correct, so again I apologize.

      • Anonymous

        The RNC commissioned an autopsy after the loss of the last election in 2012. It was also referred to a NYT editorial this week but the quotes are all from the original Republican Party report.

        “The Republican Party needs to stop talking to itself. We have become expert in how to provide ideological reinforcement to like-minded people, but devastatingly we have lost the ability to be persuasive with, or welcoming to, those who do not agree with us on every issue.”

        Here’s what the study said about presidential debates:

        “No debate will be meaningful if it is not challenging, vigorous and fair.”

        “For the G.O.P. to appeal to younger voters, we do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view. Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be. If our Party is not welcoming and inclusive, young people and increasingly other voters will continue to tune us out. The Party should be proud of its conservative principles, but just because someone disagrees with us on 20 percent of the issues, that does not mean we cannot come together on the rest of the issues where we do agree. ”

        Today even Megyn Kelly from friendly Fox News is making fun of the Debate demands, asking if the candidates want a foot massage too.

        Unfortunately we are giving Obama’s handlers easy material. Like shooting fish in a barrel.